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USAID launches water innovation prize in recognition of World Water Day

In recognition of World Water Day, which takes place each year on March 22, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Water Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Christian Holmes announced, among other things, the launch of  the Desal Prize, an award conducted “in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “Combating the Ebola Threat”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held a hearing titled “Combating the Ebola Threat” with testimony from Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Tom Frieden, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ariel…

U.S. joins Minamata Convention on Mercury

On November 6, The United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. According to a press release from the State Department, the Minamata Convention aims “to reduce exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant health effects on the brain and nervous system . . . [and] . . . complements domestic…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks for 2014 PEPFAR Annual Meeting

Secretary of State John Kerry provided video remarks for the 2014 PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Annual Meeting in Durban, South Africa. Among other things, Secretary Kerry reflected on PEPFAR’s progress under the Obama Administration to achieve an AIDS-free generation and, in an effort “to have greater transparency,…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Secretary of State, John Kerry, provided remarks at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which took place in London from June 10-13. During his remarks, Secretary Kerry summarized, among other things, U.S. efforts to end sexual violence through an expansion of the U.S. “Safe from the Start”…

Administration Statements on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the U.S. commitment to humanitarian and refugee assistance worldwide. Resources: Read President Obama’s remarks here. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here. State Department fact sheet: “World Refugee Day: Highlighting a Global Need and America’s Response” State Department’s…

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…

“International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” (S. 2472). According to a press release from Senator Markey’s office, the proposed bill “would direct the Department of State to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority…

Secretary Kerry discusses food security at World Food Prize ceremony

During his remarks at the World Food Prize ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and highlighted, among other things, the impact of food security on public health,…